According to a recent United Nations report, 1 in 3 women aged 15 or older around the world have been subjected to physical or sexual violence at least once in their lifetime. However, these figures could be even higher if they included the full types of violence that affect women and girls, such as harassment and online abuse.
The effects of such abuse last a lifetime. That’s why East Dunbartonshire Citizens Advice Bureau have partnered with Empowered and their 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.
If you are currently or have previously been impacted by gender-based violence, or you are concerned about someone else there is local support available.
16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence
EDCAB, along with multiple agencies of services in East Dunbartonshire have joined forces with Empowered to support the 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence campaign to prevent and eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.
The global campaign begins on Saturday, 25th November, which marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends on Sunday, 10th December for International Human Rights Day.
There are a variety of local events during the campaign aimed at employees of the Council, local practitioners and the wider public.
International Elimination of Violence Against Women Day
- When: Saturday, 25th November
- Where: Kirkintilloch William Patrick Library
Kickstarting the campaign on International Elimination of Violence Against Women Day, Kirkintilloch William Patrick Library will be displaying a selection of books relating to the 16 days of action. The display will be available for reference throughout the duration of the campaign.
- Never Again: Moving On From Narcissistic Abuse and Other Toxic Relationships – Sarah Davies
- Snatched: My True Story of Survival: Trapped by a Woman to be Sold to Men – Elizabeth Harper
- Liar Liar: Breaking the Silence on Sexual Assault – Laurie Katz
- Perversion of Justice: the Jeffrey Epstein Story – Julie K. Brown
and many more.
As well as this, the East Dunbartonshire Council will be lighting up the Community Hubs in Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs, as well as Milngavie Town Hall, in orange to raise awareness of the 16 Days campaign and encourage local residents to learn more about the efforts being made to eliminate gender-based violence.
The Domestic Abuse MARAC Conference
- When: Wednesday, 29th November
The Domestic Abuse MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference) is a regular local meeting to discuss how to help victims and survivors of domestic abuse who have been assessed as being in the top 10% at the highest risk of homicide or serious harm.
Women’s Aid will also be providing drop-in sessions for their life-saving services, building a future where domestic violence is not tolerated
RAWS Remembering the Accused Witches of Scotland
- When: Thursday, 30th November, 1 pm – 4 pm.
- Where: Kirkintilloch Town Hall
In an event associated with RAWS Remembering the Accused Witches of Scotland, representatives will shine a light on the stories of ordinary women and men who were accused of witchcraft, persecuted, prosecuted and murdered, during a dark period of Scottish history. Places for the event are limited, so pre-booking is essential.
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